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care of earth committee

The Care of Earth Committee of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids is dedicated to fostering a contemplative stance toward the Earth and to promoting awareness of the sacredness and interdependence of all God’s creation. Awareness of the Earth’s interconnectedness is fostered through study and discussion. Resources and recommendations from this Committee provides direction and content to our Congregation on eco-justice matters and programming at Dominican Center at Marywood.

As we prepare to read and engage, Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Commune  (Praised Be: On The Care Of The Common Home), Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids reflect on our care of Earth direction statement from 1992. 

We commit ourselves to foster the contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected; respect and accountability for the earth are necessary to the survival of life. We affirm that actions which impact the environment will be preceded by the question: Is this action which I (we) are performing supportive of the environment?

For 27 years, our Congregation has lived into this direction statement by examining our individual and collective actions and providing opportunities for prayer, study, and reflection on this important topic. In the coming months, the Sisters’ Care of Earth Committee – a committee dedicated to promoting awareness of the sacredness and interdependence of all God’s creation – will present further opportunities for Sisters, Associates, and others in our civic community to reflect, study, and move toward action on the topic of caring for Earth.

On June 16, 2015, the Committee issued a Congregation Intention Statement related to the Papal encyclical on the environment released June 18, 2015.

Living out our faith and values

  • Working in solidarity with…

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    Already planned for September 19th 2015, Our Care of Earth Committee will present an exhibit and breakout session linking the encyclical to catechesis with a particular focus on children’s literature themed toward interdependence and care of Earth at the Grand Rapids Diocesan Catechetical Conference.

    Eco-Justice Committee of the Dominican Alliance

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    Now in its 15th year, the Dominican Alliance is comprised of  these Congregations of Dominican Sisters: Grand Rapids (Michigan), Houston (Texas), Peace (Ohio), Racine (Wisconsin), Sinsinawa (Wisconsin), Springfield (Illinois) and Taos (New Mexico).

    The Dominican Alliance Eco-Justice Committee is a consortium of Dominican women who link their energy, resources, and personnel to educate others about our relationship with and responsibility to Earth. In 2014, the Committee hosted Falling in Love with Earth, a study and reflection day, for Sisters, Associates, Sunday Assembly, and friends.

DominicanSistersConference logo-colorDominican Sisters Conference 

The Conference unites Sisters and associates of U.S. Dominican Congregations in their mission to preach the gospel of Jesus, standing as a clear voice of truth, justice, and peace. In 2014, the Conference met at Dominican Center Marywood for What is Earth Asking of the Order? study and reflection workshop, led by Sr. Mary Brigid Clingman, Justice Promoter for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

  • Dominican Center at Marywood 
    Our conference and retreat center is located on 34 acres in the heart of the City of Grand Rapids. We created this welcoming place for ministries of worship, learning, meditation, art, respite, and healing. Visit Dominican Center and explore our changing programs. 
  • Living in a Sustainable Way at Marywood and Beyond
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    We invite you to explore why and how the Dominican Sisters are living into sustainability at Marywood and beyond. Enjoy the three stories in this issue of Mission & Ministry Magazine.

    We hope you are enriched by these articles in Mission & Ministry. Click on the magazine cover. to read now.
      ~ One Body – One Earth 
      ~ Care of Earth Starts in Our Own Backyard 
      ~ Infusing Nature into Every Liturgy
  • Prairie Habitat at Marywood
    Until 2005, manicured lawn covered the prairie location at on campus. In that year, a prairie garden of native wild grasses and flowers was designed by Twin Lakes Nursery working with Cardno-JF New, a seed company specializing in native plants. Today the Prairie is tended by a Committee of volunteers and is a community magnet for people interested in learning about and working on natural habitats. Download a Brochure. Volunteer Opportunities: contact Sr. Lucille Janowiak at mljanowiak@grdominicans.org